Lady Lions end losing skid against old rival
Lindenwood played at Hunter Stadium Thursday, but they may not have had as much of a homefield advantage as usual.
The Missouri Valley College womens’ soccer team had eight St. Charles natives on its roster. Four of its 11 starters were from St. Charles. Lindenwood has one.
Viking’s sophomore forward Kendra Clamors, freshman forward Haley Ennis, junior defenseman Kelsey Hieb and senior midfielder Emily Lock all grew up in St. Charles.
The Lady Lions ended a three game losing streak beating the Vikings 4-1 at Hunter Stadium.
Lindenwood is now 4-5-1, and 0-5 in the MIAA. Missouri Valley is 6-4, and 1-0 in the Heart of America Conference.
LU junior forward Bailey Cody had a pair of goals Thursday including the game’s first at the 4:40 mark.
Cody had the game tying goal in a 2-2 road tie against the Vikings last season.
Both schools were members of the NAIA until 2011 when Lindenwood began its transition to NCAA Div. II.
“With this being out first year going D-two it is really important for us to play well together, and be strong,” Stewart said.
Cody finished the game with two goals and two assists. Freshman forward Haley Stewart also had a pair of goals. Cody assisted on Stewart’s goals and Stewart on one of Cody’s goals.
“They have definitely been our rivals in the past, especially last year when it was a really rough game, and they ended up beating us,” LU junior forward Bailey Cody said. “So we were really wanting to come out and get a game tonight.” LU never trailed, despite being outshot 15-11.
Five goals is the most the Lady Lions have scored during a game this season. The most they had scored before Thursday was three.
Cody said there was more open space against the Viking than there has been against MIAA teams.
“It was definitely different,” Cody said. “Some of the D-two teams we have played are a little more competitive than them. But we also came out to play tonight.”
LU junior goalkeeper Jade Davis made seven saves. Five of saves were made in the second half. Ennis scored Missouri Valley’s only goal of the game during the second half at the 63:28 mark.
“They got a lot of one-on-ones in and made me get off my line,” Davis said. “And you know I came up with them, but you know they could go either was.”
Davis now is 3-4-1 with an .855 save percentage and a 1.21 goals against average.
The Lady Lions will next play Truman State University, Sunday, in Kirksville, Mo.